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Fuzzy Friends is a nationwide pet store chain. Its stores vary in size and store space has custom-designed wall-to-wall carpeting. The carpet in several Fuzzy Friends stores needed replacing. The winning bid for the nationwide carpet replacement was submitted by Bathyderm Carpet Company (BCC). The bid contract involves all delivery costs, all installation, and any ongoing maintenance and upkeep while the carpet is under the seven-year warranty. Under the terms, Fuzzy Friends is responsible for all cleaning costs. Because BCC had installed carpets in a number of other office spaces and stores, its officials felt that they could reap a substantial profit from this contract with Fuzzy Friends.

Which of the following, if true, most calls in question the argument that BCC will make a large profit from this contract with Fuzzy Friends?

a. All the carpets will have to be transported by train from the BCC factory in Louisville, KY, to Fuzzy Friends’ locations from coast to coast.

b. Pet odors require frequent carpet shampoos, which are more expensive and time-consuming than more conventional forms of carpet care, such as vacuuming.

c. Pet stores attract many customers, including children, who want to sit on the floor and pet the animals.

d. A common flea medicine, designed to coat the bodies of dogs and cats, weakens the integrity of the principal fibers used in BBC carpets.

e. The next competing bid received by Fuzzy Friends after BCC's was 50% higher than BCC's bid and provided only a four-year warranty.

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Fuzzy Friends is a nationwide pet store chain. Its stores vary in size and store space has custom-designed wall-to-wall carpeting. The carpet in several Fuzzy Friends stores needed replacing. The winning bid for the nationwide carpet replacement was submitted by Bathyderm Carpet Company (BCC). The bid contract involves all delivery costs, all installation, and any ongoing maintenance and upkeep while the carpet is under the seven-year warranty. Under the terms, Fuzzy Friends is responsible for all cleaning costs. Because BCC had installed carpets in a number of other office spaces and stores, its officials felt that they could reap a substantial profit from this contract with Fuzzy Friends.

Which of the following, if true, most calls in question the argument that BCC will make a large profit from this contract with Fuzzy Friends?

a. All the carpets will have to be transported by train from the BCC factory in Louisville, KY, to Fuzzy Friends’ locations from coast to coast.

b. Pet odors require frequent carpet shampoos, which are more expensive and time-consuming than more conventional forms of carpet care, such as vacuuming.

c. Pet stores attract many customers, including children, who want to sit on the floor and pet the animals.

d. A common flea medicine, designed to coat the bodies of dogs and cats, weakens the integrity of the principal fibers used in BBC carpets.

e. The next competing bid received by Fuzzy Friends after BCC's was 50% higher than BCC's bid and provided only a four-year warranty.


Fuzzy friends is a pet store chain with wall-to-wall carpets.
BCC won the bid which included all delivery costs, all installation, and any ongoing maintenance and upkeep for 7 yrs
Cleaning costs belong to FF
BCC had installed carpets in a number of other office spaces and stores

BCC expects a big profit.

What calls into question that BCC will make a large profit?

Just think about it - what can you expect the answer would be? BCC has given the quote as per their substantial experience of installing carpets. They are expecting a big profit. If they do not get it, it would be because of something unexpected. Something specific about pet store usage that would lead to extra costs. Delivery and installation for any store wouldn't be different. It could be that maintenance of the carpet could lead to substantial expenses and reduce their profit. Rest, the options can guide us.

a. All the carpets will have to be transported by train from the BCC factory in Louisville, KY, to Fuzzy Friends’ locations from coast to coast.

This would be expected cost of delivery which BCC management would have already accounted for. They still expect a big profit.

b. Pet odors require frequent carpet shampoos, which are more expensive and time-consuming than more conventional forms of carpet care, such as vacuuming.

Carpet cleaning expense belongs to FF, not BCC. So BCC wouldn't see extra expense here.

c. Pet stores attract many customers, including children, who want to sit on the floor and pet the animals.

We don't know whether sitting on the floor would lead to more frequent maintenance.

d. A common flea medicine, designed to coat the bodies of dogs and cats, weakens the integrity of the principal fibers used in BBC carpets.

Yes, this could be the unexpected expense. It is specific to a pet store. The medicine could lead to early deterioration of the carpet and hence more regular maintenance. Even if replacement is not needed, some kind of mending might be if the integrity of the principal fibres will be weakened.

e. The next competing bid received by Fuzzy Friends after BCC's was 50% higher than BCC's bid and provided only a four-year warranty.
Irrelevant.

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Fuzzy Friends is a nationwide pet store chain. Its stores vary in size and store space has custom-designed wall-to-wall carpeting. The carpet in several Fuzzy Friends stores needed replacing. The winning bid for the nationwide carpet replacement was submitted by Bathyderm Carpet Company (BCC). The bid contract involves all delivery costs, all installation, and any ongoing maintenance and upkeep while the carpet is under the seven-year warranty. Under the terms, Fuzzy Friends is responsible for all cleaning costs. Because BCC had installed carpets in a number of other office spaces and stores, its officials felt that they could reap a substantial profit from this contract with Fuzzy Friends.

Which of the following, if true, most calls in question the argument that BCC will make a large profit from this contract with Fuzzy Friends?

a. All the carpets will have to be transported by train from the BCC factory in Louisville, KY, to Fuzzy Friends’ locations from coast to coast.

b. Pet odors require frequent carpet shampoos, which are more expensive and time-consuming than more conventional forms of carpet care, such as vacuuming.

c. Pet stores attract many customers, including children, who want to sit on the floor and pet the animals.

d. A common flea medicine, designed to coat the bodies of dogs and cats, weakens the integrity of the principal fibers used in BBC carpets.

e. The next competing bid received by Fuzzy Friends after BCC's was 50% higher than BCC's bid and provided only a four-year warranty.

option B also seems to do the same. how to f[differentiate??
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Fuzzy Friends is a nationwide pet store chain. Its stores vary in size and store space has custom-designed wall-to-wall carpeting. The carpet in several Fuzzy Friends stores needed replacing. The winning bid for the nationwide carpet replacement was submitted by Bathyderm Carpet Company (BCC). The bid contract involves all delivery costs, all installation, and any ongoing maintenance and upkeep while the carpet is under the seven-year warranty. Under the terms, Fuzzy Friends is responsible for all cleaning costs. Because BCC had installed carpets in a number of other office spaces and stores, its officials felt that they could reap a substantial profit from this contract with Fuzzy Friends.

Which of the following, if true, most calls in question the argument that BCC will make a large profit from this contract with Fuzzy Friends?

a. All the carpets will have to be transported by train from the BCC factory in Louisville, KY, to Fuzzy Friends’ locations from coast to coast.

b. Pet odors require frequent carpet shampoos, which are more expensive and time-consuming than more conventional forms of carpet care, such as vacuuming.

c. Pet stores attract many customers, including children, who want to sit on the floor and pet the animals.

d. A common flea medicine, designed to coat the bodies of dogs and cats, weakens the integrity of the principal fibers used in BBC carpets.

e. The next competing bid received by Fuzzy Friends after BCC's was 50% higher than BCC's bid and provided only a four-year warranty.

option B also seems to do the same. how to f[differentiate??



Remember, Fuzzy Friends is the owner, and the passage says cleaning costs come under owner's scope. Therefore, BBC will not lose its profit.

On the contrary, warranty comes under BCC, and therefore damage to the main fabric will cost BCC, as option D says.

Keep track of such things while dealing with GMAT CR as such trap answers are frequent on GMAT. :)

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Fuzzy Friends is a nationwide pet store chain. Its stores vary in size and store space has custom-designed wall-to-wall carpeting. The carpet in several Fuzzy Friends stores needed replacing. The winning bid for the nationwide carpet replacement was submitted by Bathyderm Carpet Company (BCC). The bid contract involves all delivery costs, all installation, and any ongoing maintenance and upkeep while the carpet is under the seven-year warranty. Under the terms, Fuzzy Friends is responsible for all cleaning costs. Because BCC had installed carpets in a number of other office spaces and stores, its officials felt that they could reap a substantial profit from this contract with Fuzzy Friends.

Which of the following, if true, most calls in question the argument that BCC will make a large profit from this contract with Fuzzy Friends?

a. All the carpets will have to be transported by train from the BCC factory in Louisville, KY, to Fuzzy Friends’ locations from coast to coast.

b. Pet odors require frequent carpet shampoos, which are more expensive and time-consuming than more conventional forms of carpet care, such as vacuuming.

c. Pet stores attract many customers, including children, who want to sit on the floor and pet the animals.

d. A common flea medicine, designed to coat the bodies of dogs and cats, weakens the integrity of the principal fibers used in BBC carpets.

e. The next competing bid received by Fuzzy Friends after BCC's was 50% higher than BCC's bid and provided only a four-year warranty.



OFFICIAL EXPLANATION : MAGOOSH

Here, we see that the Bathyderm Carpet Company (BCC) has just gained a contract to clean and maintain the carpets of the Fuzzy Friends pet store chain for the next 7 years at a flat fee. Because they’ve made profits on similar contracts with other offices, BCC believes they will make a profit with Fuzzy Friends as well. So what could go wrong? What could weaken BCC’s argument that they’ll make a profit with Fuzzy Friends that is comparable to their profits with other businesses?

(D) points to a logical answer, because it reveals a way that Fuzzy Friends would be different from BCC’s other clients. As a pet store, Fuzzy Friends would be far more likely to have flea medicine fall into its carpets, potentially weakening the fiber. This could make BCC’s replacement and maintenance costs higher for Fuzzy Friends, cutting into the carpet cleaner’s profits.

(A) seems to suggest that transportation costs could make the Fuzzy Friends account less profitable for BCC than other accounts. The logic here is not very sound, however. Presumably BCC knew they were bidding on a national contract. With that knowledge, they are still predicting good profits, comparable to their profits on other business contracts. It seems safe to assume, then, that shipping costs for this contract won’t be too much different than shipping costs for BCC’s other clients.

(B) is irrelevant. These are cleaning costs, and according to the passage, Fuzzy Friends is responsible for that. Fuzzy Friends will have higher costs because of this, but it does not affect BCC's balance sheet at all. Thus, B doesn’t say anything about how BCC would not make a large profit from this arrangement.

(C) is an interesting one. At a glance, C seems to suggest that Fuzzy Friends will have greater wear on its carpets, due to sitting children. But do sitting children really wear out a carpet more than standing adults, or other sources of pressure on carpets? Answer C doesn’t say, and neither does the prompt.

(E) is out-of-scope. The price and terms of the next competing bid don’t have an obvious, direct connection to the profitability of Fuzzy Friends’ bid. We don’t know if a higher price and shorter warranty are absolutely necessary to ensure profitability. All we know is that BCC believes they can make a profit with their specific bid.
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